Sail Date: April 2018
The grand suite was not up to par, the tub fixture was loose, the room stewart only gave us one little bar of soap for 4 days, and we never saw her again to ask for more. The bed sheets looked dirty and the mattress and pillows were too ... Read More
The grand suite was not up to par, the tub fixture was loose, the room stewart only gave us one little bar of soap for 4 days, and we never saw her again to ask for more. The bed sheets looked dirty and the mattress and pillows were too hard. They were using kid looking plastic drinking cups instead of real water glasses, and there were no water glasses or ice bucket in the room. The room was also very noisy, you could hear people waliking above in the upper decks, and there was a clanging sound coming from I believe outside the ship, we could hear it at night when we were trying to sleep. When we arrived back in Long Beach, the debarking process was terrible, my husband and I got up early to take our bags down, the paper in our room said to go to deck 8 and wait in the lounge, but there was no one there to tell you anything, so we went down to deck 7 and saw some people waiting there near the staircase so we waited with them, after a half in hour we found out we had to get a a line down a hallway, by then the line was all the way down to the end. So it didn't pay to be early Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
One of my favorite Carnival Ships. The Imagination never disappoints. This smaller ship is perfect for the cruising purist. The cruise basics: large clean room (inside on carnival is larger than industry standards) , excellent and ... Read More
One of my favorite Carnival Ships. The Imagination never disappoints. This smaller ship is perfect for the cruising purist. The cruise basics: large clean room (inside on carnival is larger than industry standards) , excellent and attentive service, MDR with wonderful service, and days of sun sun sun. No bells and whistles like the larger ships but so enjoyable for me and my 2 friends. First time cruising out of Long Beach, I am an east coaster. However, embarkation was quick. Headed straight to the pool with our carry on's got a drink, stuffed our shorts and t shirts in our bags. (trunks on under neath) and immediately started enjoying the sun. And did so for the rest of the cruise. Room was ready when we went down about 3:30, changed napped and headed to dinner MDR. Service was wonderful as always on Fantasy Class ships. (Despite the awful decor) And each dinner that followed on the cruise was delicious with wonderful service. Chocolate Melting Cake every night. No problems the entire cruise. Enjoyed Catilena Island it was my first time there. Comedy shows were spot on! And the atmosphere of mostly young 30 somethings with no kids on this cruise was ideal! Another Carnival Cruise down in the books! Oh and the price on this Cruise so much cheaper than if out of Miami on the east Coast, might cruise out of Cali again very soon. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
It was my 69 th birthday and I was looking for something that might be fun for 10 people. My sister is in a wheelchair as is one of my friends So we all booked it. Going by Cruise Critic guidelines for the review : Departure and ... Read More
It was my 69 th birthday and I was looking for something that might be fun for 10 people. My sister is in a wheelchair as is one of my friends So we all booked it. Going by Cruise Critic guidelines for the review : Departure and Embarkation were fine. The ship was old and run down but the customer service and the staff were deplorable. Most of the food was in edible with the exception of Guys Burger joint. Burgers were good if the person serving them understood what you were ordering. Had limited hours. The Carnival web site boasts of Its steakhouse and other resturants avaliable for an up charge of $35. Guess what...no other resturants on the ship.So you are stuck in the so called dining room (NOT). Or the roomservice menu which is ridiculous. Unless you want to take a chance at one of the buffets where eveyone and their children are touching the food as were the flys and the smell of disinfectant permeated the room. They sell you the drink package and then you find out they have no Baileys, sometimes no fruit or garnish for your tropical drink. The juice is all powdered. If it is could outside you are linited to two bars. The one in the casino area is sooooo smoky you can not breath and the other was always full. My niece found an ampule of sodium nitrate left in the closet from the last guest, The TVs have a handfull of channels four of them that sell Carnival . Poor selections. Not enough room for me to continue. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Booked this about a month in advance -- did the interior "guarantee" room to get the best price, and was not disappointed. Bummed that we had to settle for the "Your Time" Dining, but it all worked out fine. Flew ... Read More
Booked this about a month in advance -- did the interior "guarantee" room to get the best price, and was not disappointed. Bummed that we had to settle for the "Your Time" Dining, but it all worked out fine. Flew into LAX and used Johnny's California Shuttle service. Very convenient and fast. Embarkation was smooth -- almost nobody there around noon. Ate at Guy's Burger Joint on the Lido Deck (always a delicious treat!). Got into our room around 1:30, then went and sat out on the Serenity Deck to get any sun there was. This was a COLD week to go, because a cold front had just blown through. Our kayak excursion we booked for Ensenada had already called to cancel due to bad sea conditions, so we knew it was going to cold and maybe rough. Carnival ended up announcing to us that our itinerary was going to change by a day: first day would be at sea, then Catalina, Ensenada, and back to Long Beach. So I quickly called the company in Catalina to rebook our tour for the next day. No big deal. Ate dinner in the Main Dining Room (Pride) every night. I prefer the Early Seating (along with everyone else, I guess) but it was not available, So we did the Your Time option, since it seemed like the Late Seating at 8:15 pm was too late for us. There was always a line to get in, but it moved very quickly. And there was nice, live music in the Atrium Lobby area to listen to. Dinner was very good and the service was great. We had omelettes two mornings -- the guys cooking them were very nice. I always love to get the chocolate muffins, cinnamon rolls, and croissants in the morning. Banana bread is good too. Went to the Welcome Aboard Show. It was OK. I don't usually go anymore, but it was my friend's first cruise, so I figured she should see one. We enjoyed the comedians at night. Ken Rogerson was especially funny. And the Fun Squad host, Shane (from Ireland), was entertaining. The lounge in the back is very big, so no problems finding a seat for any of the show times. The Cruise Director, Alex, was awesome! We saw him everywhere around the ship, always smiling, and taking the time to say hi just out of the blue. He had a question and answer session just before Bingo one day that was interesting. Provided good entertainment all around. Getting off and back on the ship at the ports seemed to go very smooth. No problems. -At Catalina, we did the Avalon By Land & Sea package through Catalina Island Company. * See pictures -In Ensenada, we walked across the street to the big white building (Riviera) and bought a few souvenirs to take home. Then rode in a horse-drawn buggy down the street and back over to the shopping / dining area in town. Had some tacos and sodas at a bar & grill. I would definitely try to book our kayak tour again (that was cancelled)... next time. I would recommend this comfy ship and the itinerary for just a fun, short getaway. I remain loyal to Carnival because of their great prices, wonderful service, and awesome people. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
I get a kick out of reading the reviews. You can see reviews for the very same cruise will be rated a 5 and others rate it a 1. Don't these people do a little research on the cruise line and the cruise they are taking. Carnival is known ... Read More
I get a kick out of reading the reviews. You can see reviews for the very same cruise will be rated a 5 and others rate it a 1. Don't these people do a little research on the cruise line and the cruise they are taking. Carnival is known to be the "Fun" Cruise Line. On a shorter trip is it going to be just a bunch of party animals. Heck Yes. Get with the program people. Find the Cruise Line that fits your needs and expectations, but also get ready to pay for it. I'm in my 50's and I had a blast on this trip. A ton of things to do. Never once saw people just sitting in the library reading a book. I wouldn't expect to on this cruise. Did I get totally drunk, No. Did I see others do so, Yes. Was that expected, Yes. Food was great. Service was great. Were there some "grumpy" people, yes, a few here and there. You try working a 12-hour day, six days a week. You might have a bad day once in a while. Encenada was great. Went to see La Bufadora. Yes, I have read many reviews of how the locals annoyed them about buying things. What is your problem. That is how they earn a living. Not sure what your problem was, we just said no thank you and walked on. They then didn't say a word. Stop and show a little interest (look at something) then yes, I'm sure they will harass you. But YOU started it. Get with the program people. My only complaint was that while on ship, some of the activities (trivia, games etc.) were held in a terrible location. Right in the middle of a very public area which was very loud and tons of people walking by. Then even tried to play "Sorry" right in the middle of the walking area. Fix that Carnival. Ship's design is a bit odd, but hey not going to "complain" about it. That is part of the reason why they are building newer ships for the fleet. Loved our trip and would go on the Imagination again. Would take one of these shorter trips again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Let me start by saying, we have sailed this the Imagination and its sister ship, the Inspiration.. and love the quick getaway! This time we were celebrating a long Presidents' Day weekend on the ship; as well as celebrating my son's 3 year ... Read More
Let me start by saying, we have sailed this the Imagination and its sister ship, the Inspiration.. and love the quick getaway! This time we were celebrating a long Presidents' Day weekend on the ship; as well as celebrating my son's 3 year old birthday. We were with another family who have a 3 year old as well; so that was very helpful. Carnival does a great job entertaining families with little kids. Some other cruiselines do not and it's noticeable who they want sailing on their ships. Since we have sailed on the Imagination before, we knew that we wanted to enjoy the Dr. Seuss breakfast and other kids related activities. We drove in from Las Vegas (so did the rest of the city, it seemed like) to the cruise terminal. It was obvious that the terminal had had an upgrade but was still being worked on. Since we were late for our reservation time, they sent us to the "Late" line; which made me laugh. There was no one in that line and we walked right in. We checked in quickly and got to take some fun pictures all over the terminal. Also we were wearing "Isaac's birthday cruise" shirts; so that was entertaining to other cruisers and crew all day. We wanted to make the most of those shirts. Also, I noticed that they don't take your picture anymore... they just use your passport pics. Finally, we were heading up the gangway with a very excited 3 year old..and of course, stopping for that professional picture with the toddler pretending to drive the ship. It turned out VERY CUTE! Our cabin (V20) was ready for us, so we went right up to the room. A rollaway was placed on the floor flat for the toddler to sleep in; and our twins pushed together for the one bed. Our cabin steward was very nice and always brought extra towels and had ice in the bucket for us. Augh, the toddler also dropped the phone receiver on the glasses and one shattered all over the floor. Our steward came right away and cleaned it up for us. We ate every night in the Pride Dining Room, which hosts the Anytime Diners. We usually went around 8 p.m. and had a little wait. In fact, we were surprised and very happy that we were seated in the same section every night of the trip. This NEVER happens. We had the same waitstaff, who we loved. The dinner menus have some decent choices. We did not order from the extra $20 part of the menu because we found things to eat. I always end up ordering three (or maybe 4) appetizers because they all sound good. Order as much as you want..it's expected of you to enjoy yourself. The flat iron steak was very good this trip. Last trip I did not enjoy it as much. We also all loved the duck that was served on the 2nd night. It was so juicy with a crispy skin. So delicious. Desserts were just ok. The chocolate melting cake can be a little bitter for my taste. The last night, the Baked Alaska is paraded around the room and served. It tasted alright...we all agreed we have had better. We did not complain though. We were all thoroughly full and happy every night. The kids menu is very good. Also one night the toddler wanted mac and cheese; so the chef whipped him up a big bowl with his chicken nuggets. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH I LOVE CRUISING! The burgers at Guy's are so good. Plus they have a wonderful condiment bar. My toddler is strange in that his favorite foods are mushrooms and avocado. The condiment bar was fully stocked with mushrooms for him. He was happy! My hubby LOVES the burritos at the taco stand next to Guys. I can't remember the name. It offers shrimp, chicken, fish or steak tacos and burritos. It is delicious. Plus the tortillas are freshly made in front of you. We went to the shows the 2nd and 3rd nights. Divas is good; but a little long...keep in mind I'm a musical theater teacher so I LOVE shows.The cast is VERY talented though. We all LOVED the Epic Rock show! That was a cool rock show. Technically, these shows are amazing productions. Unfortunately, we did not get to any of the comedy shows this time. We played Bingo one time; and my hubby won $50-. YAY! I took advantage of the spa day on the port day. They give discounts on port days. I got the seaweed wrap and aqua bed treatment. SOOOOOOOOO RELAXING! Just what this teacher momma of a toddler needed!! Our cabin location turned out to be FANTASTIC! We were right down the hall from the kids' camp (which we used twice), a couple of floors from the dining room, one floor from the spa, two floors from the Lido...everything was so easy to get to. Plus it was so quiet at night on that floor. Top floor in the back is the way to go. We did not get off the ship in Ensenada. The toddler took advantage of the little water slides and pool while it was empty. Debarkation was also easy. You have to be out of your cabin by 8:30a.m. You end up seeing the entire ship in the buffet. Most people walk off their luggage since it's just a little weekend getaway. We always have WAY too much to carry off. Everyone got called to leave around 9:30 a.m. It was great! Customs went quickly and lots of porters around to help you if you can't carry all of your luggage. Sigh, now it's over... This is a great family trip for all ages. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We wanted to get away for a quick trip. Booked this two weeks ahead . We have been on this ship before and had enjoyed it greatly. The food, as always, was outstanding wherever we ate. We had anytime dining, enjoyed the people and so ... Read More
We wanted to get away for a quick trip. Booked this two weeks ahead . We have been on this ship before and had enjoyed it greatly. The food, as always, was outstanding wherever we ate. We had anytime dining, enjoyed the people and so we arranged to meet every night to eat together and have the same waiter. Our waiter was outstanding! His care and humor kept us at the table for two hours every night. His food suggestions were spot on. The main dining room's food was hot and tasty! A good choice of items. We always enjoy the food in the main dinning room. The Lido also always had a good choice for lunch with many tasty items. Did not have any pizza this time, but Guy's Burgers and the Blue Iguna filled us up with delicious meals! The Sea Day Brunch was also outstanding in choice and taste. Had a great Brunch dessert! Always enjoy getting up and running the track with the great view! Then eat my way past the Lido and Blue Iguna on the way to wake up my wife for breakfast. Enjoyed the PG comedian shows( the x rated is too offensive for us). Had seen the main shows before and wish Carnival would rotate them for the smaller ships with their shorter cruise days. There is much to be said about a quick and short cruise. Our room steward, Michael, was attentive and caring! If they could, a rope's course could be placed around the water slide area! More exercise for all. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted an inexpensive cruise out of the Los Angeles area and wanted to visit Catalina and Ensenada. I had heard that this was nicknamed the Booze Cruise because it attracts a young drinking crowd and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted an inexpensive cruise out of the Los Angeles area and wanted to visit Catalina and Ensenada. I had heard that this was nicknamed the Booze Cruise because it attracts a young drinking crowd and worried about it as we aren't big drinkers. There were a lot of non-drinking people from Utah on our ship and we were lucky enough to be seated with some at our early dining dinner table for 10. However, we did notice many drunk young adults in the hot tub on the Serenity deck every time we went there for some sun time and relaxation. Matey, our cruise director was entertaining and the shows were pretty good. They were geared to the age of the cruisers, so they were pretty loud! The comedians in the Punchliner comedy club were great! The food was outstanding, as usual on a Carnival cruise! But the best part of this was the excellent service by our cabin steward and wait staff in the dining room. Probably the best, most attentive service I have had on any ship in the past 10 years! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I redeemed an award for this cruise, so my friend and I essentially went for free. We had only been on one previous Carnival cruise, although we cruise frequently with another cruise line. We both agreed that, while it was a nice, quick ... Read More
I redeemed an award for this cruise, so my friend and I essentially went for free. We had only been on one previous Carnival cruise, although we cruise frequently with another cruise line. We both agreed that, while it was a nice, quick getaway, you definitely get what you pay for. The food was pretty bland most of the time with the exception of Guy's Burger Joint and the salad/fruit bar. The pastries and French toast were great, also. We took advantage of the drink gift cards we ordered for ourselves ahead of time and found the drinks to be very well-prepared. The ability to order a 12 pack of water was terrific. The ports of call were good. We had a lot of fun, particularly on the Beer and Taco excursion in Ensenada. I highly recommend that one! We didn't really take advantage of the onboard entertainment as we were perpetually jet-lagged, so I can't comment on that. I do know they showed the same movie twice during a 4-day cruise, which I don't understand since there are so many great new movies out there. Some of the staff seemed a little grumpy, but the majority were very friendly and helpful. The cabin size was larger than expected for an Ocean View. The beds were great and we slept well. The bathrooms could use a good scrubbing. I tried hard not to look in the corners. The one major criticism I had with the cruise - and the main reason I wanted to write this post - is regarding infection control on the ship. Aside from the fact that this is cold and (an especially vicious) flu season, there was little visible attempt to decrease germ transmission on the ship. There are far too many things for people to "touch" in the buffet line. You have to push buttons to get your drinks instead of having the lemonade and tea pre-poured. There are community salt and pepper as well as catsup and mustard bottles instead of individual packets. I saw people reaching with bare hands into the bowl to grab a couple of cookies. There is nothing in the daily cruise newsletters promoting handwashing or use of hand sanitizer. Sanitizer is everywhere, but people walk right past it. There is no staff on hand to gently insist passengers use it. And during the entire four days, I only saw staff wiping down the stair rails once. Tables got bussed efficiently, but were not wiped - let alone sanitized - after use. Lots of people cleaning the floors - very few people cleaning touchable surfaces. I think Carnival could do a much better job in working to keep passengers healthy as well as happy. Read Less
Carnival Imagination Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.2
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates 3.0 4.3

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